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BREAKING | China International Music Competition Announces Winners

VC Young Artist violinist Joshua Brown won First Prize and USD $100,000


China International Music Competition, alternatively known as the Global Music Education League Violin Competition (GMEL), has recently come to a close. Audiences can watch the competition here on The Violin Channel

The three Grand Finalists performed a major violin concerto at the National Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, to contend for the color of their medals.

First prize, which comprises USD $100,000, a Gold Medal, and three years of concert tours, went to violinist Joshua Brown from the United States. Ellie Choi from the U.S. won the Second Prize and USD $ 65,000. The Third Prize and USD $ 30,000 went to Chaowen Luo from China.

The jury for the competition included Bin Huang (Chairman), Friedemann Eichhorn, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Mariusz Patyra, Lucie Robert, Joel Smirnoff, Weidong Tong, and Pavel Vernikov.



VC Young Artist Joshua Brown is a former prize winner at the 2022 Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 2019, at the age of nineteen, Joshua won the Tenth International Violin Competition of Leopold Mozart in Augsburg, Germany, securing the First Prize, “Mozart” Prize, the Audience Award, the Chairman of the Jury Special Prize, the Kronberg Academy Special Prize, and the CD Production Special Prize. 

Following his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of fifteen, Joshua has gone on to perform regularly with orchestras in the United States and Europe — including Munich Radio Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Joshua has performed at concert halls on three continents, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, both Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, Severence Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Symphony Center in Chicago, Arnold Katz State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia, Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and Kongress Hall in Augsburg, Germany.

A recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Joshua plays on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona. As a full-scholarship recipient, Joshua earned his Bachelor of Music and is currently pursuing his Master of Music with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC). For the five years prior to NEC, Joshua studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy as a Scholarship Fellow (recipient of both the Rachel Barton Pine Scholarship and the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellowship).

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